Male Tourism

As the Maldives’ capital, Male serves as the main city for most international visitors to the country’s hundreds of resort islands. Most visitors arrive and continue directly onward to their all-inclusive destination. However, a Male city tour itself offers the best opportunity to learn something about the local culture. The city is geologically located at the southern edge of North Malé Atoll and is one of the best destinations to visit in the region. Earlier the city was called King's Island, where all the royal dynasties ruled and it was later named Male.

Occupying only a small space 1.7 kilometers by 1 kilometer, the entire city can be seen in a matter of hours. There are some 1,00,000 inhabitants, which makes it one of the most densely packed cities in the world, however, that will not make your Male holiday plans less special.

The populace is mostly Sunni Muslim, and a certain level of respect is transmitted in the conservative dress. Visitors are expected to follow suit during their Male tour. Some of the best sights and scenes of Maldives tourism can be experienced in this charming city. The city is small in size but packs a powerful series of attractions that you can visit on your trip to the destination. Visit the destination and indulge in relaxation, tranquility and serenity. The destination sees a lot of travellers all the year round for its transcendent natural beauty and charm.

When talking about the food, the city offers amazing food and drinks that will leave you in awe. If you are in the area then do try the local food and you will not be disappointed. The city is full of picturesque mosques that are not only beautifully kept but also are a great place to visit to witness the architecture and the culture of the destination.

Essential travel information and Male tips for your visit

Time Zone- MVT (Maldives Time) UTC/GMT +5 hours

Currency- Rufiyaa (MVR)

Electricity and Internet- 220 Volts, The city has fast internet connections and even 3G

Languages- Maldivian is the official language. Arabic, Hindi, and English are also spoken

Security- Police 119, Medical 102 and Fire 118

Off-beaten Path- NA

Tipping- Tipping is appreciated but not mandatory

Tourist Traps- NA

Customs- Dressing modesty is advised, Protests and demonstrations are not uncommon, especially in the capital Male. You should take care, seek up to date information, and keep away from any demonstrations. Previous demonstrations have led to violence and arrests. Take care of your belongings when swimming. Most travellers are dependent on their resort for bookings, excursions and transfers. It is better to book in advance and inform the hotel about your travel plans.

The best tours and activities in the city, guided by experts to give you a local insight to the best of Male

  • Save 4% Snorkeling Safari
    Snorkeling Safari1 Reviews

    Duration: 3 Hrs

    The reefs of the Maldives are famous for reef sharks, sea turtles, eagle rays, sting rays, and more. This 3-hour tour with Tr...

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  • Save 13% 2-Hour Maldives Submarine Tour From Male
    2-Hour Maldives Submarine Tour From Male4 Reviews

    Duration: 2 Hrs

    Embark on a 45-minute journey into the underwater world of Maldives, 100 feet beneath the ocean, in air-conditioned comfort. ...

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  • Save 4% Half-Day Eco Tour to Villimale From Mal
    Half-Day Eco Tour to Villimale From MalNew on TripHobo

    Duration: 4 Hrs

    Discover the quieter side of city life by exploring the smaller island of Villimale, located southwest of Male with TripAdvis...

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  • Save 13% Half-Day Walking Tour of Mal
    Half-Day Walking Tour of Mal5 Reviews

    Duration: 4 Hrs

    Wander the roads of Male, the capital of the Maldives with TripAdvisors' leading Hulhumale tour company and di...

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  • Know the pollution level of Male before you plan your visit.

    • Air Pollution 65 (High)
    • Water Pollution 84.62 (Very High)
    • Noise and Light Pollution 62.5 (High)
    • Unattended dirt and garbage 80.36 (Very High)
    • Drinking Water Pollution and Inaccessibility 69.64 (High)
    • Dissatisfaction with Garbage Disposal 83.93 (Very High)
    • Dissatisfaction to Spend Time in the City 73.53 (High)
    • Dissatisfaction with Green zones and parks 78.57 (High)
  • How safe is Male for tourists? Understand risks and safety concerns that can hamper your travel experience in Male.

    • Burglary and Theft 64.42 (High)
    • Mugging and Robbery 67.79 (High)
    • Assault and Armed Robbery 65 (High)
    • Corruption and Bribery 79.9 (High)
    • Car Stealing 44.12 (Moderate)
    • Robbery of Car belongings 50.49 (Moderate)
    • Attacks 62.02 (High)
    • Drug offense 77.94 (High)
    • Safety walking alone during daylight 53.85 (Moderate)
    • Safety walking alone during night 30.77 (Low)
    • Insulting and offensive behaviour 63.46 (High)
    • Hate crime due to Racism, Religion, ethnic origin 33.33 (Low)
    • Property crimes and Vandalism 71.5 (High)
    • Safety Index 36.03 (Low)
    • Climate Index 58.08 (Moderate)
    • Pollution Index 83.86 (Very High)
    • Traffic Commute Time Index 35 (Moderate)
    • Health Care Index 37.8 (Low)
    • Property Price to Income Ratio 27.77 (Very High)
    • Indices such as Quality of life, Climate & Healthcare index are good to be high whereas others such as Property price, Traffic & Cost of living Index are good to be low.

  • Here's how much it will cost to shop in Male

    • Local calling per minute on Prepaid mobile 0.07 USD
    • International Movie per seat 6.5 USD
    • Summer clothing in a chain store 32.82 USD
    • Pair of Basic Nike Shoes 82.93 USD
    • Pair of Basic Levis Jeans 38.83 USD

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